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Qld Bill sets fine of $150, for the littering, of ATM receipts, food and drink packs; and two new offences, litter from vehicle, and dangerous littering

Posted by waterweek on 25 September 2007

In the Queensland Parliament on 4 September 2007, Rosemary Menkens Burdekin member, spoke to the Environmental Protection Amendment Bill – Second Reading. She said “those responsible for littering need to be made to be accountable for their actions and to bear the cost. This bill does place the onus squarely where it should lie: on offenders”.

It enabled;

• officers to identify and prosecute those responsible and recoup at least some of the costs resulting from their actions.

New section 440D: provides that individuals who litter at a place face penalties ranging from a penalty of 20 penalty units, or a fine of $150, for the littering of small items such as straws, ATM receipts, bus tickets, takeaway food and drink containers, cigarette packets, butts and chewing gum–all the detritus of humanity–to the maximum of 165 penalty units, or a fine of $1,237.450, if at least 200 litres of litter has been dumped.

55pc of litter in Queensland on roads; The proposed amendment made it easier and safer to enforce littering offences involving a vehicle. The bill introduces two new offences that are designed specifically to assist authorised officers: the offence of depositing litter from a vehicle, which will have a maximum penalty of 30 penalty units or a $225 fine, and the offence of dangerous littering, which will attract a maximum penalty of 40 penalty units or a $300 fine.

Fine applied to all persons in vehicle: A vehicle littering offence will be one committed by a person who is or becomes an occupant of a vehicle that is associated with the commission of the offence. A vehicle is associated with the commission of a littering offence if, for example, the person who committed the offence was in the vehicle when the offence was committed, or the person used the vehicle to transport litter to a place where the offence was committed, or committed the offence near the vehicle and before entering the vehicle.Of course, that offence could include throwing paper, plastic or other trash from a vehicle. It could also include waste falling from an uncovered or an unsecured load, or discarding a cigarette butt before entering a vehicle.

New section 440GL: The easier and safer enforcement of vehicle littering offences will be facilitated by new section 440G, which will apply the State Penalties Enforcement Act 1999 to the extent that a vehicle littering offence will be an offence involving a vehicle as defined under that act.

Reference: Rosemary Norma Menkens, Member for Burdekin NPA, Legislative Assembly, Queensland, 4 September 2007.

Erisk Net, 22/9/2007

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